New data

Highlights of updates across Compass' topic areas:


  • Immigrant population by county:
    • Almost one in five people (19%) in Nobles County is foreign-born, the highest of any county in Minnesota.
    • Two other Greater MN counties make the top five counties with the highest percentage of foreign-born residents: Watonwan (11%) and Olmstead (11%).
    • Ramsey County's percentage is higher than Hennepin's (15% compared to 13%).
  • Immigrant population by region:
    • The Southern and Southwest regions have seen the fastest growth of any Greater MN region in the percentage of foreign-born residents over the past quarter-century.
    • At eleven percent, the Twin Cities region has more than twice the percentage of foreign-born residents as any other Minnesota region.
    • The Twin Cities and the Central and Southern regions have a mix of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants.
    • The Southwest region’s immigrants are predominantly from Latin America.
    • Relatively to ther regions, a larger share of Northland immigrants are from Europe and Canada.
  • Immigrant population by city:
    • Worthington has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents of any Minnesota city(31%).
    • Several cities may have a higher percentage of foreign born residents than Minneapolis or Saint Paul: Worthington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Richfield, and Hopkins (19%).

This represents a selection of data updated on the site. Click the links and use the gray breakdown bar to navigate to more new data in each topic area.

Updated December 2016

Featured trend

Public Safety Icon

Our state’s serious crime rate has steadily declined over the past two decades, and remains below the U.S. rate. Serious crimes include both violent and property crimes, and violent crime remains a small portion of all reported serious crime.

View more public safety trends


Minnesota's Risk and Reach project takes a county by county look at potential risks to the healthy development of young children and the reach of public services to address areas of need. Project directors Elizabeth Carlson, University of Minnesota, and Richard Chase, Wilder Research, explain why it matters and suggest ways you might use this information.

Minnesota Compass

Minnesota Compass
Led by Wilder Research

© 2017. All rights reserved.